The Jews, Instructions for Use

The Jews, Instructions for Use

Four Eighteenth-century Projects for the Emanicipation of European Jews

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Academic Studies Press
This book examines the four most important projects for Jewish emancipation in eighteenth-century Europe. The essays presented analyze the proposal advanced by the freethinker John Toland in 1714 and three projects of the 1780s, formulated by the state offi cial Christian Wilhelm von Dohm in Frederick the Great’s Prussia, the economist Count D’Arco in Mantua under Habsburg rule, and the Abbé Henri Grégoire in France on the eve of the Revolution. Focusing on the combination of humanitarian and utilitarian arguments and objectives in the proposals to redefi ne the legal and social status of the Jews, this book is a particularly useful resource for scholars and students interested in the history of Jewish-Gentile relations and the Age of Enlightenment.

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Despite the title's reference to the emancipation of European Jews in the Age of Enlightenment, this volume's theme is allo-Semitism, which treats Jews ambivalently as a radically different people. Bernardini (European history, Nazarbayev U., Astana, Kazakhstan) and Lucci (history and philosophy, American U. in Bulgaria) argue that the period's supposedly philo-Semitic literature was written by non-Jews with little knowledge of Jewish history and intellectuals. From examining the reform projects of John Toland (Britain), Christian Wilhelm von Dohm (Prussia), Count D'Arco (Mantua), and Henri Gregoire (France on the eve of the Revolution), they conclude that they were really for the benefit of the state, and have implications for current efforts to assimilate minorities in Europe. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Boston : Academic Studies Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781618110503
Characteristics: 1 online resource (214 pages)
Additional Contributors: Lucci, Diego 1977-


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